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Wednesday, 21 September


1) UN General Assembly’s Papua Discussion Should Prompt Indonesia to Reflect AWPA Sydney News

2) Families Urge UN Special Rapporteur to Visit Victims of Paniai Shootings
3) Government Seen Not Serious in Addressing Papua Human Rights Issue 
4) Solomon’s urges Indonesia to allow Papua scrutiny

5) FLJS Policy Brief Calls on UK to End Political Conflict in West Papua

1) UN General Assembly’s Papua Discussion Should Prompt Indonesia to Reflect
20 September 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – The submission of Papua human rights and political issues to the UN General Assembly’s plenary meeting is a historical fact that can not be avoided and should be a self-reflection for the Government of Indonesia, said the Chairman of Evangelist Church Synod in Papua the Rev. Benny Giay on Sunday (18/9/2016) in response the widespread of Papua issues in Pacific and the enforcement of the Pacific coutries leaders to take the West Papua issue to the UN General Assembly.
“For me, when the issue of Papua get to the UN General Assembly by the Pacific countries leaders, it justifies the view that it is the time for change,” said Giay, who also argued that after 50 years Papua in the hands of Indonesia, it’s time to change history.
“I think the voices of struggle of Free Papua is finally get to the UN General Assembly Plenary Meeting is natural. It should be. Because we are in the church believe that every 50 years the history must be reflected, as well as the Indonesian Government to reflect their action and progress of their civilization for 50 years th...


Crows All in the Name of Liberty

Some crows I've been drawing



Barnaby Joyce, acting PM political geometry

Barnaby Joyce has been scratching his head in preparation for the big move to Armidale


2016 Annual General Meeting Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group

The Annual General Meeting of the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Saturday, 15 October 2016 at 2 pm at  Springwood Sports Club, 83 Macquarie Rd Springwood All positions will be declared vacant. You must be a member to vote or nominate. Read more for Agenda and nomination form


Ghost Stories "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Spooky times have hit the State Theater Center with the arrival of their latest production ‘Ghost Stories.’

The British psychological thriller has petrified audiences in London and Sydney, and has blended the best of live theater and horror films.

The play features BAFTA-winning actor, director and producer Stuart Brennan who joined Kylie on the Mag.

Play Ghost Stories at State Theater Center


Wednesday 9am Bulletin "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to announce that Australia will be taking refugees from Central America.

MP John Gardner says Montacute road in the Adelaide Hills must be fixed before fire danger season.

Legislation has passed through South Australia’s Lower House to create a children and young person’s commissioner.

An inquiry into South Australia’s greyhound racing industry will be established in the state’s Upper House today.

Young carer’s are alarmed they will become a burden after the Government’s welfare plan announcement on Tuesday.

Australia’s lead provider of Energy and Emissions Market Analysis, RepuTex, has said that Australia’s emissions won’t drop by 2030 without further action.

In Sport…

Australian Women’s cricket team, Southern Stars, will be playing in next year’s World Cup after a seventy eight run victory in the second one-day international against Sri Lanka.

Geelong player Jimmy Bartel has received a vote of confidence from coach Chris Scott ahead of the preliminary final against Sydney on Friday night.

Woodville-West Torrens are said to be looking forward to playing their second grand final in a row at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Footy Finals Fever with Rob Coyne "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

The first preliminary final kicks off this Friday at the MCG, with Geelong taking on Sydney in what is shaping up to be a ripper of a game.

Our sports correspondent Robert Coyne joined Jennie to talk about this and other sports news.

Produced: Nick Wilton

Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons



Wednesday 8am Bulletin "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Labor senator Stephen Conroy has spoken out for the first time since his announcement to retire from parliament.

Young carers have become alarmed they are to become a burden after the Government’s welfare plan announcement on Tuesday.

An inquiry into South Australia’s greyhound racing industry will be established in the state’s Upper House today.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to announce that Australia will be taking refugees from Central America.

Issues of civil liberties have been addressed by Acting Police Ombudsman Michael Grant in an annual report tabled for state parliament today.

Legislation has been passed through South Australia’s Lower House to create a children and young person’s commissioner.

In Sport…

Geelong player Jimmy Bartel has received a vote of confidence from coach Chris Scott ahead of the preliminary final against Sydney on Friday night.

Woodville-West Torrens are looking forward to playing their second grand final in a row at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


1) West Papua rally: ‘We want to be free people!’ AWPA Sydney News

2) Teachers condemn West Papua injustices
1) West Papua rally: ‘We want to be free people!’
By TJ Aumua -  September 20, 2016

The crowd in Jayapura, West Papua. They marched in full support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and Pacific Islands Coalition on West Papua to bring West Papua in to the UN decolonisation committee. Image:Free West Papua Campaign
Thousands of people have rallied across West Papua this week demanding independence and their right to self-determination.
The Free West Papua Campaign (FWPC) stated those that took part in the peaceful demonstrations marched with a clear message: “We want to be free people”.
People of West Papua are calling on the United Nations to support their fundamental right to self-determination and a resolution for an internationally supervised vote for independence.
FWPC reported that some demonstrations around the country were blocked by the Indonesian police and 68 peaceful protestors were arrested in Merauke, West Papua.


DYI biohacking rears its ugly head in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed"

Gene Ethics, 8 September 2016:

DIY biohack threat

US biohacker Ellen Jorgensen, of Genspace New York, toured Australia in Science Week to promote DIY gene hacking, in informal labs, and to encourage untrained nerds to do genetic manipulation. The OGTR promised to tell her audiences that Australian GM laws require training, contained labs and expert supervision, but did not. The OGTR has also failed to define new 'gene editing' techniques and their products as GM, so they remain unregulated. We advocate tough laws banning any DIY genetic manipulation of living things. Humans invented computer programs but they fail, are hacked and virus infected for fun. Untrained, risk-takers, aspiring to be the next bio-Gates or Jobs, must be stopped.

University of Sydney, Faculty of Science:

Biohacking events at Sydney Science Festival
Get down with DNA
10 am, Thursday 18 August, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Stage 6 biology students and their teachers will meet Dr Ellen Jorgensen and spend the day exploring exciting DIY bio techniques and the amazing things biohackers do. The DIY bio movement gives bio-entrepreneurs low-cost access to facilities for proof-of-concept experiments. Hands-on science workshops will be delivered by Sydney’s leading science organisations including the Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Conservation Society, UTS Centre for Forensic Science and the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics. Students will also experience a behind the scenes tour of the Royal Botanic Garden’s Plant Pathology...

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Tuesday, 20 September


A Gentle State of Mellow Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Life is gentle and mellow at the moment. After a fairly tumultuous few years, it’s a joy to be able to kick back and take things a bit easier. Big Boy and I have started walking each morning – it’s amazing how interesting and beautiful our neighbourhood is at ground level… My aim is to get 8,000 steps a […]


Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned AWPA Sydney News

Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned

Area Dipa The Jakarta Post
Tangerang, Banten | Tue, September 20 2016 | 05:23 pm
    The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), an international network of media assistance groups, is drawing attention to the Indonesian government’s policy to restrict foreign journalists from covering Papua. This concern is related to Indonesia’s appointment as the host country for World Press Freedom Day in 2017.
    “Papua is actually one of the issues that is on the list of issues that could be addressed, in which all access of foreign reporters should be better. Actually, it’s very interesting that local authorities are more nervous about journalism than authorities at the central government,” GFMD chairman Leon Willems said after the opening of the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development at the Nusantara Multimedia University in South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday.
    He said the presence of journalists in a country or area is important to help the public in carrying out social control. In a democratic system, public control through media is a fundamental prerequisite, he went on.
    Speaking on restrictions for the presence of journalists in a country or area, Willems said: “[With such restrictions] you cannot have accountability, you cannot have human rights, press freedom, freedom of expression or citizen rights to express themselves.”
    Willems further said international cooperation and pressures against restrictions of journalists to ruling governments could become an important part of efforts to realize the freedom of the press.
    He referred to the arrest of Khadija Ismayilova, a Free Europe Radio journalist who also worked for Azerbaijan Liberty Radio. She was arrested by her country’s government in December 2014 for airing corruption-related news involving Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s family. Since her release in the middle of 2016, Ismayilova had not been permitted to travel abroad until today.


    Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    One Step Off The Grid The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found. The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded […]


    Trip to Newcastle All in the Name of Liberty

    Trees from mum's backyard


    Waiting for a train to leave Sydney

    Corella and wood doves feeding


    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police AWPA Sydney News

    2) Benny Giay: Indonesia Should Reflect on Papua Human Rights Issue  

    3) How the UN Failed West Papua


    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police

    Thousands of Papuans rallying yesterday across Indonesia were reportedly dispersed by police and at least 75 were arrested.

    Photo: Supplied/ Whens Tebay


    Craft Xcellence- Celebrating 110 years of craft! "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

    Craft Xcellence

    The Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW is celebrating 110 years since their foundation in 1906 with a special exhibition at the Society’s gallery, Craft NSW– an artist-run gallery where visitors can meet the makers of a diverse range of high quality Australian craft.

    As Australia’s oldest continuously running craft organisation, The Society has been located in The Rocks for the past 40 years.


    To mark the event, Craft Xcellence will showcase unique works which push the boundaries of craft techniques in fine jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood and more. The exhibition also includes a display of work from previous decades.

    The exhibition opens on Tuesday 20 September from 6 to 8 pm and from then on will be open everyday from 9.30 am to 5:30 pm until the 20 October!

    Craft Xcellence 2

    Pat Hayward, ceramic vessel

    What: Craft Xcellence Exhibition

    When: Tuesday, 20 September to 9 October, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (7 days a week)

    Where: Craft NSW, 104 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

    For more information click HERE.

    The post Craft Xcellence- Celebrating 110 years of craft! appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


    Briggs, Tkay Maidza & More Join Huge Face The Music Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Briggs, Tkay Maidza & More Join Huge Face The Music Lineup

    Not only will the 2016 iteration of Melbourne’s national music conference Face The Music feature live music for the first time, but the list of speakers and performers is getting out of control.

    Adding already to the the first round of speakers which includes music critic Anthony Fantano, Bandcamp’s Andrew Jervis, and triple j’s Zan Rowe, are a sensational list of local artists.

    We’re of course excited to hear that Briggs will be joining the lineup. After dropping ‘January 26’ with his group A.B. Original, Briggs has become an almost household name as he has taken it upon himself to challenge Australia Day.

    Joining the hip-hop sensation is another Aussie rap champ in Tkay Maizda, whose latest collab with Killer Mike is leaving everyone frothing for her forthcoming debut album. There’s more, too, as prodigious producer Japanese Wallpaper will be joining them, along with a slew of other great artists.

    Face the Music will be held at Melbourne Music Week’s Hub, The State Library of Victoria, and is shaping up to be a great day for Australian music – and possibly the best Face The Music yet.

    Face The Music Lineup

    Anthony Fantano [The Needle Drop]

    Andrew Jervis [Bandcamp]

    Ricki Askin [VICE]

    Zan Rowe [triple j]

    Kim Ambrosius [Roskilde]

    Robert Forster

    Taylor Brode [Sacred Bones]

    Lorrae McKenna [Remote Control]

    Nai Palm [Hiatus Kaiyote]

    Ben Marshall [Vivid Sydney]

    Woody McDonald [Meredith Music Festival]

    Nic Kelly [Night High Records]

    Michael Hohnen [Skinnyfish Music]

    Emma Barnes [Emma Jane Management]

    Katie Stewart [Laneway Music Festival]

    Myf Warhurst [Double J]

    Samuel Wald [WME]

    Johann Ponniah [I Oh You]


    Tkay Maizda

    Japanese Wallpaper

    Jaime Gough [Native Tongue]

    Emily York [Penny Drop]


    Turnbull can’t hide Australia’s shame – Nauru fathers arrested following kids’ protest Refugee Action Coalition

    Nauru’s detention regime has plunged further into crisis with the announcement that Connect will not re-tender to provide refugee services on the prison island. But the announcement is just one small symptom of a dysfunctional regime.

    The daily protests in the family camp have continued since 20 March and escalated on Sunday night, 18 September.

    Four men, fathers of asylum seekers and refugees, were arrested by Nauruan police last Sunday night following a protest by children who put rubbish on the road and threw stones at a bus going along the road between the family compound RPC 3 and the refugee camp, Anuiju.

    Around 25 Nauruan police descended on the family compound to arrest the children but after determined resistance from pregnant wives and families in the RPC 3, and children chanting, “Stop Torture. Freedom Forever”, police left the children, but arrested four men.


    Nauruan police car in Anuiju

    Refugee and asylum seekers who attempted to take videos or photographs of the police were threatened with arrest.

    It is understood that the men were released on the Sunday night after they signed an undertaking at the police station.

    “The incident points to the far wider issue of Nauru and offshore detention. In the guise of service providers, Connect has already been complicit in Australia’s systematic mistreatment of asylum seekers on Nauru. Connect have often used the police themselves rather than protect refugees from the arbitrary and often brutal treatment of an unaccountable police force,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition

    “But many refugees see the Connect decision as the end game that started when they were arbitrarily separated from family and other asylum seekers on Christmas Island in 2013.

    “Despite Turnbull and Dutton’s posturing in New York, the government will finally be faced with the need to bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia. The sooner, the better.”

    Refugee groups in Australia will hold solidarity vigils and protests to coincide with 200 days of protest on Nauru on 5 October.

    Sydney Solidarity with Nauru rally, Wednesday 5 October, 5.30pm. Town Hall. Supported by Refugee Action Coalition, Mums 4 Refugees, Teachers for Refugees, Doctors 4 Refugees, Australian Women Supporting Women on Nauru, Grandmothers Against the Detention of Children, People Just Like Us, Love Makes A Way.

    For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

    The post Turnbull can’t hide Australia’s shame – Nauru fathers arrested following kids’ protest appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


    Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.

    The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.

    The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).


    As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive for networks to duplicate infrastructure.

    The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.


    The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”

    The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”

    Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”

    The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.



    This Week’s 13 Best Local Gigs Under $15 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    This Week’s 13 Best Local Gigs Under $15

    Loving live music isn’t just about attending music festivals and seeing an international artist’s massive arena show.

    Even the biggest of big-name headliners started in the trenches, on the sticky carpets and bandrooms of your local bars and pubs – which is exactly where you should be if you want to discover your new favourite band or venue.

    Here are our picks for this week’s best local gigs from Aussie talent – from Perth to the East Coast – and all for the price of a good meal.

    Alex Lahey

    Where: Hotel Steyne, Manly NSW
    When: 9pm – 12am, Friday Sep 23
    Why: Following the release of her killer debut record B-Grade University, Alex Lahey is hitting back with her first national tour. The gig is set to be one to remember and with support acts Betty & Oswald, it’s one you shouldn’t miss – oh and did we mention that it’s free?
    Tickets & Info: Free, more info here.

    Mall Grab & Christopher Port

    Where: Ferdydurke, Melbourne VIC
    When: 9pm – 5am, Saturday Sep 22
    Why: $10 for a night of quality house and electronica? Yes please! Headlining the night is Mall Grab who is racking up millions of plays online, and joining him is Christopher Port, whose recent EP ‘Vehement’ was met with plenty of praise as well. You can’t really lose!
    Tickets & Info: $10-15 more info here.

    Dorsal Fins & Remi DJs

    Where: Yah Yah’s, Melbourne VIC
    When: 8pm – 5am, Saturday Sep 24
    Why: Yah Yah’s is throwing a pretty great night this Saturday with Dorsal Fins headlining their first Melbourne show with a very late-night appearance from Sydney outfit Straight Arrows, coupled in with a Remi DJ afterparty – all for a ridiculously low 10 Dollarydoos.
    Tickets & Info: $10, more info here.

    The Cherry Dolls

    Where: Cherry Bar, Melbourne VIC
    When: 10pm, Thursday Sep 15
    Why: Melbourne rock stalwarts The Cherry Dolls couldn’t have found a better spot to launch their second EP, Lone Palm, than Melbourne’s home of rawk, Cherry Bar. They’ll be backed up by...


    Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos

    We’ve got a new Aussie hip hop talent to keep an eye on in Melbourne emcee Kudos aka James Tretheway, who has today dropped his first studio track, the curiously named ‘Plucker’.

    Produced/mixed by Yuri Tobler and mastered/mixed by Ben Kramp (Illy, M-Phazes), it’s a satisfying opening volley that melds raw personal lyrics with velvet smooth beats loaded with chunky guitar.

    “Plucker is the story of balance between taking time for yourself and giving time to others,” James says of the track.

    “Acknowledging that we all should have the right to grieve and that our feelings are relevant to where we are standing, while at the same time recognising others grief in order to put our own into a healthy perspective.”

    While this is only his first track, he hasn’t been sitting idle, instead honing his craft and being able to share the stage with Atmosphere, Spit Syndicate and Afrika Bambaataa in recent years, as well as featuring regularly with Tijuana Cartel.

    Now, Kudos is embarking on his own East Coast solo tour in October, including a spot at Jungle Love festival on the Sunshine Coast, dates below.

    Kudos Plucker Single Tour

    Supported By DJ Lickweed

    Thu 13 Oct – Melbourne, VIC – Workers Club
    Thu 27 Oct – Brisbane, QLD – Milk Factory
    Sat 29 Oct- Gold Coast, QLD – Dust Temple Spoken Word -W/ Luka Lesson
    Thu 3 Nov – Sydney, NSW – Oaf Gallery
    Fri 25th Nov – Brisbane, QLD – Jungle Love
    Sat 26 Nov – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Solbar W/ Dubarray


    Sisters of St Joseph celebrate 150 years of community service

    HUNTERS HILL’S Sisters of St Joseph are celebrating their sesqui-centenary this week. The Josephite Sisters were founded by St Mary McKillop in 1866 and their hospice at St Joseph’s Aged Care in Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill was purchased by Saint Mary McKillop a few years after the Order’s foundation at the request of The Vatican. […]


    Hunters Hill shocked by Ryde Mayor’s speech

    BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN A shocked Coalition representing Hunters Hill ratepayers has accused Ryde’s new Mayor Clr Bill Pickering and his Liberal team of putting politics before people. Mayor Pickering was elected to his second term in Ryde’s top job on Friday night and his victory speech declared Baird’s forced merger of Ryde, Hunters Hill […]


    Controversy at Ryde City Council election night

    Ryde Liberal leader Bill Pickering was elected as Mayor of City of Ryde last Friday night with Liberal Clr Jane Stott elected as Deputy Mayor. Barely five minutes after being elected by seven votes to five, Mayor Pickering controversially described BairdÕs proposed forced amalgamation of Ryde, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove as ‘inevitable’ and said […]


    Puzzles and Paints in Field of Mars Reserve

    Ryde Hunters Hill Flora & Fauna Preservation Society Activities committee have organised a Family Afternoon this Sunday September 25 in the Field of Mars Reserve, Pittwater Road, Gladesville from 2pm to 4pm. Bring the children along to Puzzles and Paints – fun activities for kids of all ages. Activities will include Treasure Trove: Follow clues […]


    Epping Boys High cater for Karonga Party

    Epping Boys High School students personally catered for Karonga Special School students at their annual Musical Concert entertainment at the school last Wednesday. The Epping Boys High volunteers made and prepared the after concert party refreshment with the help and guidance of their teacher Nadine Koff.  PICTURED in the Karonga School kitchen serving refreshments are […]


    Victor Dominello reveals kindy fees discount

    Ryde MP Victor Dominello has welcomed an additional $115 million in funding to make early childhood education more affordable for local families and reduce fees by an average of 30 per cent. Mr Dominello said the funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from […]


    Teaching new sailors how to sail on famous Sydney Harbour

    To The POINT with ANDREW CURTIN MY INVOLVEMENT with the Hunters Hill Sailing Club began over ten years ago when I met Bruce Lucas, former Hunters Hill Mayor and Club Life member, by the flag mast down by the water at Clarkes Point. He explained how I could start my eldest boy in a Learn […]


    Helping Clean-up World Day

    Bennelong MP John Alexander OAM was on hand last Saturday morning helping the Clean up the World effort on the Parramatta River at Meadowbank pictured with Austin Kim and Kenny Lee.


    Laxale put people before pomp

    City of Ryde’s former Mayor – Councillor Jerome Laxale – has hit back at Liberal allegations he let Ryde down by abandoning the city’s mayoral pomp and ceremony. Liberal voters were angry that Mayor Laxale didn’t wear the Mayoral robes and chains at citizenship ceremonies which has prompted new Mayor Bill Pickering to declare that […]


    Historic wedding dresses at Festival of Marriage in Hunters Hill’s Anglican Church this Saturday

    Wedding dresses that date back to the 1880’s will be on display at All Saints Anglican Church this Saturday. The historic dresses are part of a display of bridal wear from Hunters Hill’s heritage Anglican church for the Anglican Parish’s Festival of Marriage, to be celebrated inside the church from 10 am until 3 pm. […]


    What You Should Know Before Mike Patton Returns Down Under "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    What You Should Know Before Mike Patton Returns Down Under

    In case you hadn’t heard, the headliners for next year’s MONA FOMA were announced earlier this month. It was arguably the quirky Tasmanian festival’s most impressive lineup announcement to date, and we don’t even know who else is playing yet.

    It almost doesn’t matter, since the reaction to the news that Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer would soon be sharing a bill in Australia was enough to get fans excited and FOMO-ing all over social media.

    But as Patton fans know, a tour announcement from the prolific vocalist, whose range rivals the likes of Mariah Carey, could mean just about anything. Recent Patton tours have involved everything from Faith No More to orchestral Italian pop music.

    So what is tētēma?

    As Patton recently explained to the Sydney Morning Herald, it’s the mind-bending collaboration between himself and Aussie composer Anthony Pateras and he’s not actually 100 percent sure the two of them can pull it off. “I can’t lie to you, I’m a little bit nervous,” he said.

    “I don’t know how we’re going to pull this stuff off… To be honest – how should I say? – it’s a logistical nightmare.” Patton refers to the intricate and ambitious collaboration, which yielded the album Geocidal, as “world music from another world”.

    The story behind the creation of the album is as much of a curveball as the music. It involved Pateras moving to a convent in rural France where he locked himself away for 10 days before emerging with a suite of left-of-field rhythmic soundscapes.

    The album, in the making since 2009, was finalised in San Francisco over 48 hours. “The interesting thing about the record is that every element is recorded in a different country, and this gives the sound a displaced, almost vaporous intensity,” said Pateras in a statement.

    “I moved country twice during its genesis as well… the whole Geocidal thing is about coming from no place, re-birthing, watching the place you are from be altered beyond recognition that you have nothing to do with it anymore.”

    So those fans expecting to hear a rendition of ‘Epic’ are out of luck and should strap yourselves in for some seriously twisted and challenging sound art. But as Patton told the Sydney Morning Herald, more music from Faith No More is not out of the question.

    “I don’t know whether or not we’re going to attack it,” Patton told the outlet, “but there is some stuff we wrote around the time of the last one and said, ‘Why don’t we save this for the next record?’ So we’ll see.”


    Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now

    Homegrown buzz magnet Tash Sultana is absolutely killing it in Europe right now. Her tour may have gotten off to a bumpy start thanks to a mixup with her airline, but if this breathtaking footage shot at a local Dutch radio station is anything to go by, it’s all smiles at the moment.

    The triple j Unearthed feature artist recently wrapped a huge, completely sold-out national tour of Australia and her European trek has similarly sold out across the board, with the one-woman-band frequently taking to social media to share footage of at-capacity rooms around Europe.

    Punters were struggling to get in the door of her packed out BIGSOUND showcase and Tash hit the ground running as soon as she got back to Melbourne, announcing a new six-track EP, scheduled to drop worldwide later this month, and the launch of her own record label, Lonely Lands Records.

    The EP will include the triple j favourite ‘Notion’ as well as her brand new single, ‘Jungle’. The homemade video for ‘Jungle’ recently went viral, having accrued over 2 million views and more than 22,000 shares on Facebook in a week. Tash will also be playing Laneway 2017 next January and February.

    Tash Sultana National Tour Dates

    Thursday, 15th September 2016
    The Borderline, London

    Saturday, 17th September 2016
    7 Layers Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Sunday, 18th September 2016
    Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Thursday, 22nd September 2016
    The Northern, Byron Bay

    Friday, 23rd September 2016
    Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

    Friday, 30th September 2016
    The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

    Thursday, 6th October 2016
    Mojos, Fremantle

    Friday, 7th October 2016
    Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

    Thursday, 13th October 2016
    Baha’s Tacos, Rye

    Friday, 14th October 2016
    Torquay Hotel, Torquay

    Saturday, 15th October 2016
    Uni Bar, Adelaide

    Thursday, 20th October 2016
    Newtown Social Club, Sydney

    Thursday, 27th October 2016
    Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

    Friday, 11th November 2016
    Kings Arms, Auckland


    Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip

    Sahara Beck admits that she has always loved the works of Quentin Tarantino, so when she got the chance to film her new music video for ‘Tapping On The Roof’, she lapped up the opportunity to pay homage to Tarantino’s first film – Reservoir Dogs.

    “I’ve always been a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino,” she says, “so when we were creating the idea for the ‘Tapping on the Roof’ music video Matt Jeston (Director) came up with the idea that we roughly base the video on the torture scene from Reservoir Dogs. It’s such a great movie and I’m so happy that I get to pay my respects to it through my own art.”

    The clip was filmed at the Brisbane’s Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, which created the perfect backdrop to her uniquely gorgeous track, the click-clack of percussion echoing its title perfectly. The Tarantino influence definitely doesn’t end at the video either, as ‘Tapping On The Roof’ wouldn’t feel at all out of place on a Kill Bill soundtrack.

    You’ll be able to catch Sahara live when she joins Brisbane’s Ball Park Music on their mammoth national tour with The Creases, as well on as her very own solo tour, which culminates with a show at Festival Of The Sun – dates below.

    Ball Park Music National Tour Dates
    w/ The Creases & Sahara Beck

    Thursday 22 September

    Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

    Friday 23 September

    Solbar, Maroochydore QLD

    Saturday 24 September 

    The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

    Sunday 25 September 

    The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

    Thursday 29 September 

    ANU Bar, Canberra ACT

    Friday 30 September 

    Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (all ages)

    Tuesday 4 October

    The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC

    Wednesday 5 October

    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC

    Thursday 6 October

    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC 

    Friday 7 October

    170 Russell, Melbourne VIC 

    Saturday 8 October 

    The Uni Bar, Hobart TAS

    Thursday 13 October 

    The Gov, Adelaide SA

    Friday 14 October

    The Gov, Adelaide, SA (all ages)

    Friday 21 October



    Tuesday 9am Bulletin "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton have defended Australia’s border protection policies at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter has declared that a ‘revolutionary change’ must occur to break the ongoing cycle of welfare dependency across Australia.

    Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has dismissed calls for an upheaval of Australia’s current inflation-targeting regime.

    South Australia Police have revealed that 12 drivers tested positive to illicit drugs near schools yesterday.

    3 Eden Hills residents have been arrested and charged with fraud.

    Adelaide City Council has resisted a push from the State Government to redevelop some of North Adelaide’s landmarks and institutions.

    In Sport…

    The Paralympics have come to a close with festivities highlighted by a giant conga-line of athletes dancing to Brazilian funk music.

    An all-Sydney AFL grand final is looking imminent, if the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants make it through their preliminary finals this weekend.

    Sturt Football Club has made a remarkable turnaround after finishing in 8th place last season to now scoring a spot in the 2016 SANFL grand final.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    Syrian ops continue despite botched raid "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet. (AAP)

    A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet. (AAP)

    Australia will continue its air operations in Syria, despite a review into how coalition forces allegedly killed more than 60 Syrian troops in a bombing raid.

    RAAF aircraft were involved in air strikes on what was believed to be an Islamic State fighting position in eastern Syria on Sunday.

    The strikes were called off when Russian officials told air operations controllers the targets may have been Syrian military personnel.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.

    “It is a very complex environment and as soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russians that Syrian forces were being affected, the operation discontinued,” he told reporters in New York.

    He said it remained to be seen whether it impacted on the already brittle ceasefire.
Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Islamic State.

    She said Australia would cooperate with an international review, however operations would continue.

    “We will continue in an appropriate and measured way with the international coalition to do what is required, but there has been no hold put on Australia’s activity,” she said in Sydney on Monday.

    “Our commitment is to eliminate the threat of Daesh.”

    She said Australia was seeking an end to hostilities, access for humanitarian aid and a path to a political solution in Syria.

    The minister declined to say what Australian aircraft were involved, but it is known the RAAF operations involve Super Hornet bombers, a refuelling aircraft and a Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft.

    RAAF personnel would not be exposed to any legal action as the target had been assessed as legitimate under the laws of armed conflict, Senator Payne said.

    A Pentagon spokesman said Russian officials had not voiced any concerns about the operation, in the Dayr Az Zawr area, when first notified of it.

    Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the loss of Syrian soldiers is tragic but the greater tragedy would be letting Islamic State extremists win.

    “We have to make sure we beat these people.”
Australia Strategic Policy Institute director Peter Jennings said he did not recall a similar incident over the past two years.

    “We’ve been extremely careful over two years to make sure that we don’t engage in any strikes which lead to civilian deaths or the deaths of non-combatants.”

    He said a communications failure was the likely cause, as the Russians had issued their advice half an hour into the air strikes.

    “I think this is the result of the lack of trust which seems to be created between the Russians and in particular the US right now.

    “We have come to the end of the ceasefire as a viable moment in the war.”

    The Greens and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon have called for a separate, independent review into Australia’s role.

    “We need to know what went wrong and why because if we don’t learn from the mistakes of this botched operation then there is a risk it may be repeated,” Senator Xenophon said.

    Independent MP Andrew Wilkie said it was in the publ...


    Tuesday 8am Bulletin "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter has declared that a ‘revolutionary change’ must occur to break the ongoing cycle of welfare dependency across Australia.

    Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has dismissed calls for an upheaval of Australia’s current inflation-targeting regime.

    A Whyalla man is to be released on parole without supervision with a high risk of re-offending.

    3 Eden Hills residents have been arrested and charged with fraud charges.

    Adelaide City Council has resisted a push from the State Government to redevelop some of North Adelaide’s landmarks and institutions.

    New research suggests that Australia’s eucalypt population could decrease by NINETY PERCENT over the next SIXTY years as a result of climate change.

    In Sport…

    An all-Sydney AFL grand final is looking imminent this year, if the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants make it through their preliminary finals this weekend.

    The paralympics closing ceremony took place in Rio yesterday with festivities highlighted by a giant conga-line of athletes dancing to Brazilian funk music.

    Sturt Football Club have made a remarkable turnaround after finishing 8th place last season to scoring a spot in the 2016 SANFL grand final.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    DZ Deathrays Drop Killer New Single, Unveil National Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    DZ Deathrays Drop Killer New Single, Unveil National Tour Dates

    Hot on the heels of a much talked-about BIGSOUND performance and still riding a wave of momentum from this year’s mammoth WACO tour with Dune Rats and Violent Soho, Bundaberg’s favourite sons, DZ Deathrays, are back with a new single and fresh tour dates.

    ‘Pollyanna’ is the latest killer number from the Queensland duo, who are now set to hit the road this December for their biggest headline tour to date, playing a string of all ages and 18+ shows around the country with their good mate Ecca Vandal.

    Ecca Vandal hit the stage with DZ Deathrays during BIGSOUND for a raucous performance of the Beastie Boys classic ‘Sabotage’. Everyone who was there agreed it was a highlight of the conference and everyone who wasn’t was having some serious FOMO.

    The band’s latest Australian tour also comes just weeks after they announced a co-headline tour of North America and Europe with buddies Dune Rats. Rest assured, the pair’s live chops will be sharper than ever when they make their way back to Aussie shores.

    Check below for all the dates and details.

    DZ Deathrays National Tour Dates

    Friday, 9th December 2016
    The Triffid, Brisbane (AA)

    Saturday, 10th December 2016
    YMCA HQ, Leedervile (Under 18s)

    Saturday, 10th December 2016
    Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth (18+)

    Thursday, 15th December 2016
    The Factory, Sydney (AA)

    Friday, 16th December 2016
    Uni Bar, Adelaide (AA)

    Saturday, 17th December 2016
    The Croxton, Melbourne (Under 18s)

    Saturday, 17th December 2016
    The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)


    Tuesday 7am Bulletin "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter has declared that a ‘revolutionary change’ must occur to break the ongoing cycle of welfare dependency across Australia.

    Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has dismissed calls for an upheaval of Australia’s current inflation-targeting regime.

    A Whyalla man is to be released on parole without supervision with a high risk of re-offending.

    New plans to introduce French into the Australian school curriculum will see the language taught at Highgate Primary School and Unley High School for students in years reception to 12.

    3 Eden Hills residents have been arrested and charged with fraud charges.

    In Sport…

    An all-Sydney AFL grand final is looking imminent this year, if the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants make it through their preliminary finals this weekend.

    The paralympics closing ceremony took place in Rio yesterday with festivities highlighted by a giant conga-line of athletes dancing to Brazilian funk music.

    Sturt Football Club have made a remarkable turnaround after finishing 8th place last season to scoring a spot in the 2016 SANFL grand final.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    1) Police Disband Disappearance Papua People’s Action in Yakuhimo AWPA Sydney News

    2) KNPB: In Three Days Indonesian Police Arrest 75 People Papua

    3) Support PICWP Discuss Issues at the UN Papua, the Papuan People Protest in 13 Cities
    4) Besides PICWP, Hope Support Other Countries in the UN
    Below are google translates of 4 articles in Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
    Original bahasa links above articles.

    1) Police Disband Disappearance Papua People’s Action in Yakuhimo

    Author Otopina Surabut -September 19, 2016

    Thousands of Papuans who mediated KNPB Yakuhimo region title peaceful demonstration under the pressure apparatus despite disbanded and suppressed, 19/09/2016. (Oktopina Surabut - SP)

    Yakuhimo, police dispersed thousands of Papuans degree peaceful demonstration mediated West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Yakuhimo territory by force, by reason of disturbing the peace on 19 September, 2016.

    Aminus Balingga, Chairman of the PRD Yakuhimo to said, KNPB Yakuhimo mediate region of West Papuan peaceful demonstrations in accordance KNPB notification center.

    "We the people of Papua in Yahukimo ULMWP which fully supports our leaders in particular to discuss the issue of human rights violations in Papua at the UN. We urge the United Nations to immediately intervene issue of West Papua. Because if the people of Papua is still in Indonesia tells us the Papuan people will be depleted or extinct from our own land, "he told in Dekai, Monday (09/19/2016).

    He asked the UN to see the humanitarian crisis occurring in West Papua. He said, the Papuan people want the UN intervention in Papua.

    Field coordinator of the action, Yallenang Wakla explained, the action today starting from the three-point kupul mass. Jalan commercial, Mountain Road and Jalan Seradala kilo 2. However, he said officials first with full force already on standby at every point of the mass gathering.

    "At any point in the mass gathering, the security forces of Police, Brimob and Koramil were go ear...


    Syria Fights Colonialism: Australia, UK, Demark Confirm Roles In Brutal Deir Ezzor Massacre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    by Jonathan Azaziah

    Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics.

    The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Canberra is also in thick with the usurping Zionist entity and its intelligence services and foreign affairs institutions have literally been outsourced to the Mossad, making it complicit in every criminal act ‘Israel’ carries out. Not to mention, Australia has allowed large numbers of Takfiris to flock to Syria in service of the Oded Yinon balaknization agenda. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance? How much suffering that the London ZOG has inflicted–and continues to inflict–on the entire Global South? As Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei once remarked, the British regime is the “most evil” of all the Western powers. Thus, such regimes cannot feel “regrets”. Such regimes cannot offer “condolences”. Because such regimes are inhuman.

    Mark it down and adjust the narrative ladies and gentlemen: Syria and its Hizbullahi, Iranian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Russian allies are not just fighting a foreign mercenary invasion, with terrorists descending upon Bilad al-Sham from 100 different countries. They aren’t merely battling the Najdi-Dönmeh-originated, Khaleeji-financed backwardness of Wahhabi-Takfirism. They are in fact standing their ground and defending the Syrian Arab Republic against a unified colonialist alliance, the likes of which has never been seen before at any other point in history, as this Old Joint Colonialist Conglomerate is attempting to manifest its supremacist bloodlust into a New Zio-Imperialist World Order spearheaded by ‘Israel’ and its main ZOG, i.e. Washington.

    Makes the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army soldiers on Thardeh Mountain that much more heroic; that much more significant; and that much more inspiring, doesn’t it? These men didn’t die to “prop up a regime”. They didn’t give their lives to simply fight “Islamists”. They didn’t depart this world to “serve a dictator”. And they sure as hell didn’t fall whilst “repressing a revolution”. They were martyred,...


    Rally Sunday: Australia Keep Your Hands Off Syria! End the Sanctions! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Rally at 1.30pm. This Sunday 25 September 2016, Martin Place (Railway Station outside MLC Centre), Sydney City.

    Rally at 1:30pm

    This Sunday 25 September 2016

    Martin Place (railway station,
    outside MLC Centre)

    Sydney City

    HANDS OFF SYRIA strongly condemn the recent massacre of at least 62 Syrian soldiers (and another 100 wounded) in Deir al Zour, Syria.

    US and Australian governments have admitted the soldiers were killed on the 17th of September by a joint operation carried out by the US air force in collusion with the Australian military. The martyred Syrian soldiers were guarding a military fortification
    used as a base for repelling attacks by the Islamic State death-squads who completely surround the city.

    People across the world are finding it extremely hard to believe that this attack was a "mistake" or an "accident".

    Why? Because these actions are entirely consistent with US-led attempts to topple the Syrian government by covertly (or in this case overtly) supporting their enemies - these policies have resurrected Al Qaeda and its offshoots
    like ISIS.

    Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined by an independent war crimes tribunal. Assertion by the perpetrators, ‘sorry, we didn’t mean it’, is completely inadequate.

    1. We demand that Australia remove itself from the alliance of predatory nations currently waging this proxy-war against the Syrian government.

    2. We demand that Australia reestablish diplomatic relations with the Syrian government who by all accounts represent the will of the majority of the Syrian people.

    3. We demand that Australia lift the crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are blocking normal trade, finance and the diaspora from supporting their families at home.


    WHEN: Sunday, 25th of September, at 1.30pm

    WHERE: Martin Place, outside the MLC centre

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    Maranguka: Demonstrating how we can create brighter futures for Aboriginal young people "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, which featured on the latest edition of Four Corners, is already making progress in the community, and is demonstrating how justice reinvestment approaches can reduce prison populations, save money and build stronger communities.

    Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW and Managing Solicitor, Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT says: “We cannot afford to keep doing what we’re doing. The social and economic costs are too high. A smarter approach is urgently needed – and that is what justice reinvestment provides.”

    Since 2013, Just Reinvest NSW has been working in partnership with the Bourke community to develop a justice reinvestment framework. The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia.

    “What is different about what is happening in Bourke is that decisions about what needs to happen aren’t being made in Sydney or in regional offices. They are being made on the ground in Bourke. Community leaders have made decisions about what needs to happen, informed by data and research, and most importantly, broad community input.,” Hopkins says.

    The facts:

    • The overall prison population, and the rate of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in our prisons are both rising, yet property and violent crime rates are going down. Something isn’t working.
    • In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.
    • The NSW Government has just announced plans to spend $3.8 billion on new prison beds over the next four years. This money could be better spent elsewhere.

    Justice reinvestment recognises that there is a strong correlation between areas of disadvantage and high rates of young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system. It is a smarter approach to justice that builds stronger communities by redirecting money that would be spent on prisons into community services and supports. It is about addressing the underlying causes of crime and preventing it from happening in the first place.

    “We are in the early stages, and there isn’t a magic wand, but there is a shift. We are seeing optimism, and a real sense of momentum. I encourage people to watch Four Corners online, share this story with their networks and get behind this important initiative. We need to spread the word about justice reinvestment and demand meaningful change,” Hopkins says.

    Prof. Tom Calma AO, a supporter of the Bourke project and a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW says: “The beauty of justice reinvestment is that it doesn’t require additional funding; it is just a more efficient and smarter use of money already allocated to corrections. It also ensures that the community is involved and committed to not only taking ownership of the problem, but also ownership of the solutions. Importantly, it has been proven to work.”

    “The time has come for a smarter approach. We need a dedicated focus on reducing incarceration, including addressing social and cultural determinants of incarceration, from all levels of government, and done so in real partnership with communities. The time has come for a roll out of justice reinvestment initiatives across Australia,” Prof. Calma says.

    Just Reinvest NSW is calling on the NSW Government to develop and implement a justice reinvestment policy.  In particular, we are calling for the NSW Government to:

    • investigate how current prison numbers can be reduced,
    • redirect a portion of the $3.8 billion earmarked for prisons over the next four years into community-bas......


    A Few Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports Over the Last Few Days "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few days.

    On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.  Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB.  It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon).  While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.

    And at the time of writing, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP is scheduled to call into Hamilton Island Airport from Essendon on Tuesday 20 September.  It will then depart to Sydney.

    At Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" called in from Brisbane.  It departed back to the capital a little while later.

    VH-VVI also called into Rocky on Friday 16 September (as shown above).  On this occasion, it touched down from Barcaldine.  It then departed to Mackay before flying back to Brisbane.

    Also calling into Rockhampton Airport on Friday 16 September was Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW which touched down from Archerfield and Toowoomba.

    On Monday 19 September, VH-TFW is pictured above departing Rocky on return to Archerfield.

    Finally late Thursday 15 September, (former) Rockhampton based Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-JMK was noted flying from the Sunshi...


    Army of Dancing Robots Queue Politely to Get Their Clamps on the Iphone 7 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The iPhone 7 is now available for sale in Australia. The flagship Sydney store kicked off a day of rolling launches around the globe.

    We've taught them to move like humans, play games like humans, and now, robots are experiencing one of the last true joys of being a real person: queuing!

    A phalanx of mini robots were among the first in the world to get their metal claws on the brand new iPhone 7 when it launched in New Zealand on Friday. Thanks to the country's proximity to the international dateline, NZ got a few hours' head start on Australia's early launch, and the Kiwis weren't going to pass up that opportunity, using robots to spruik the iPhone launch.

    [...] This year, New Zealand carrier Spark used 100 Alpha 1 robots, created by Chinese company UBtech, to stand in line on behalf of customers. Each robot was controlled with a phone app and programmed to dance and move, and they were also fitted out to live-stream the queue.

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    Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3

    Not sure what's going on in US politics anymore? You're not alone! That's why 2SER has teamed up with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and The Conversation to bring you 'Race to the White House', which will keep you updated on the Presidential race between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump right up until election day!

    Race to the White House airs on 2SER 107.3FM Wednesdays 7:30-8pm and podcasted on the 2SER website here.


    The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman, Joyride & More Say ‘F**k You’ To Pokies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman, Joyride & More Say ‘F**k You’ To Pokies

    Some of Sydney’s most notable artists and musicians have banded together to give a big F-U to the pokies. The Whitlams chief Tim Freedman, One Day-er Joyride, and more will help launch the new Proudly Pokies Free campaign with a one-off gig at the Oxford Art Factory.

    “It’s time for the young people of Sydney to learn about the scale and harm of the pokies and to make better informed decisions regarding their nights out,” said Tom Lawrence, director of the Proudly Pokies Free campaign, in a statement.

    “The pokies have become an unnecessary fixture of the Australian pub and we want to promote an alternative vision for our nightlife, one that thrives on innovation, live music and true hospitality.”

    Proudly Pokies Free draws attention to and celebrates venues in Sydney who’ve decided to ditch or avoid the pokies, whilst highlighting and reducing “the massive harm that pokies cause in Australian communities”.

    “I’m proud to be involved with the Proudly Pokies Free movement to hopefully encourage a mindset that rewards and encourages venues that show imagination in programming and curating their activities,” said Freedman.

    “It’s time for the people of Sydney to push back against the pokies.” The Proudly Pokies Free campaign launch event will also feature appearances from Wild Honey, electronic duo Left., and Bad Deep DJs, as well as secret guests and special speakers.

    Proudly Pokies Free Campaign Launch

    Tim Freedman
    Wild Honey
    Bad Deep DJs

    Plus: Secrets Guests & Guest Speakers

    Sunday, 23rd October 2016
    Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
    Tickets: Moshtix


    Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour

    Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, two of Australia’s best-loved singer-songwriters, have announced a national co-headline tour which will take them around the country from the tail-end of November into December, with plenty of regional and major city stops along the way.

    Kicking off at The Gov in Adelaide on 24th November, Evans and Pyke will be taking their respected discographies through Mannum, Dunsborough, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Belgrave, before finishing up in Melbourne.

    It’s been 10 years since the first Evening with Josh and Bob tour and each performer is looking forward to honouring the milestone. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect,” said Evans.

    “We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.”

    Tickets for the reunion will go on pre-sale on 9am Wednesday, 21st September and will be available to the public at 9am Friday, 23rd September. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.

    Josh Pyke & Bob Evans National Tour Dates

    Thursday, 24th November 2016
    The Gov, Adelaide

    Friday, 25th November 2016
    The Pretoria, Mannum

    Saturday, 26th November 2016
    Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough

    Sunday, 27th November 2016
    Live At The Orchard, Perth

    Friday, 2nd December 2016
    Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

    Saturday, 3rd December 2016
    Solbar, Sunshine Coast

    Sunday, 4th December 2016
    Soundlounge, Gold Coast

    Thursday, 8th December 2016
    48 Watt St, Newcastle

    Friday, 9th December 2016
    The Factory, Sydney

    Saturday, 10th December 2016
    The Street Theatre, Canberra

    Thursday, 15th December 2016
    Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

    Friday, 16th December 2016
    Corner Hotel, Melbourne


    Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour

    Some 30 years after their initial disbanding, Aussie post-punk legends The Sunnyboys are getting back together again. The band reformed recently for sold out shows along the East Coast in 2013 and 2014, with a full scale 2015 tour proving fans are still hungry for more.

    2017 will see the band reform again, but this time they will be playing their 1981 self-titled debut album in its entirety.

    “What a thrill it will be to play our 1st album from start to finish,” says bassist Peter Oxley. “We have never ever done this before. Looking forward to ‘I Can’t Talk to You (reprise)!'”

    As if that wasn’t enough for die-hard Sunnyboys fans, Sydney will also be treated to a rare showing of The Flaming Hands and The Shy Impostors as support, the first time all three acts have been on one bill together.

    “When Peter Oxley called with the proposition of reforming the Flaming Hands for a gig with the Sunnyboys I jumped at the opportunity,” said Julie Mostyn of The Flaming Hands. “The two bands have a shared history both as friends and as contemporaries that played together in what was a golden era of Australian music.”

    Interstate fans wont be missing out either, as the legendary X will be joining the band in Melbourne, while The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson will be playing support in Queensland.

    Check out the dates to what will no doubt be the feel good tour of the summer below.

    Image credit: Kaye Harrison

    Sunnyboys 2017 Tour Dates

    February 3rd

    Gold Coast, The Nightquarter (only Queensland show)

    Special guests: The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson.

    February 4th

    Sydney, Enmore Theatre

    Special guests: Flaming Hands & Shy Impostors

    February 10th

    Melbourne, The Croxton

    Special guests: X.


    This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours

    Some of the Australian music world’s biggest names often leave doors of opportunity ajar, just waiting for the right kind of professional music fan to come knocking.

    Our regular Music Jobs column is the place where we’ll help you grab the proverbial handle and walk on through, as we take the pain out of scrolling through endless (and sometimes shady) job listings to provide you a selection of killer career opps in the music world.

    No free work or internships here, just authentic chances to break into the music industry. So update your CV, brush up your cover letter writing chops, stop dreaming, and start doing what you love for a living.

    Recorded Music Manager at Unified

    Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

    “UNIFIED is the soundtrack of good people working together to achieve extraordinary results. We exist as an artist services company; giving choice and freedom back to our artists on how they manage their career and music. One such way we achieve this is by creating artist owned and led record labels.

    “The newly created position of Recorded Music Manager will oversee our artist led labels including ONETWO (Illy’s label), NLV Records (Nina Las Vegas’ label) and House of Beige (Remi’s label) as well as the other labels in our group – Hopeless Records and UNFD.”

    More info can be found here.

    Touring Coordinator at Unify Presents

    Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

    “UNIFIED’s newly created Touring Department, UNIFY Presents, was launched in 2016 and already boasts successful tours by artists like Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot, The Amity Affliction, A Day To Remember, Northlane and many more.

    “As the department expands, UNIFIED is looking to hire a co-ordinator to help operate its tours and build the brand awareness and social media strategy.”

    More info can be found here.

    Ecommerce Manager at Universal Music Australia

    Full-time / Sydney, NSW

    “As part of the wider eCommerce function, the eCommerce Manager champions an innovative and inclusive culture that seeks out new opportunities to develop digital marketing strategies to grow an engaged audience/fan base to maximise engagement.

    “Plan, develop and deliver new online revenue generating opportunities across bespoke store plays along with ensuring existing online stores revenue/product development is maximized.”

    More info can be found here.

    Project Coordinator at Melbourne Uni (VCA & MCM)

    Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

    “The Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM) offers programs in music, visual arts, performing arts and film to emerging artistic practitioners in the midst of one of the world’s most vibrant arts precincts at Southbank.

    “You will be responsible for identifying and leading a program of key projects and business improvement initiatives across the Faculty to deliver process and system improvements in priority areas. You will be the Faculty expert in process improvement and liaise with the University’s Continuous Improvement Centre to adopt and train staff across the Faculty in Agile and Lean Six Sigma solutions. You will also act as the Executive Assistant to the Faculty Ex...


    The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

    Bluesfest is just around the corner, with a huge line up including the likes of Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith and The Lumineers to name just a few. With tickets to the festival not far off selling out, the crew are announcing sideshows for those fans who can’t quite make it out to Byron Bay next Easter.

    Organisers have announced a slew of sideshows along the East Coast for some of Bluesfest’s biggest names, a boon for fans looking for a more personal time with the likes of Patti Smith and her band, The Lumineers, and Bonnie Raitt amongst others.

    Check the list of all the currently announced Bluesfest 2017 sideshows below, and keep checking in for more updates, with more dates no doubt soon to be announced.

    Patti Smith And Her Band Perform Horses

    State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Sun 9 April 2017

    Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Sun 16 April 2017

    The Lumineers

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney Nsw – Mon 17 + Tues 18 April 2017

    State Theatre, Melbourne Vic – Wed 19 April 2017

    Metro City, Perth Wa – Sat 22 April 2017

    Bonnie Raitt

    State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Fri 7 April 2017

    Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra Act – Sat 8 April 2017

    Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Mon 10 April 2017

    Snarky Puppy

    Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – Sat 8 April 2017 *Two Shows Announced* 4pm + 7.30pm

    Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – Mon 10 April 2017

    Andrew Bird

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW – Sat 15 April 2017

    Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne VIC – Tues 18 April 2017


    Crowded House Return To Sydney For Two ‘Encore’ Shows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Crowded House Return To Sydney For Two ‘Encore’ Shows

    In 1996 the world bid farewell to Crowded House on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. This November, nearly 20 years to the day, the trans-Tasman band are reforming for two anniversary encore shows on the 25th and 26th of November – their only shows for 2016.

    The timing could not be any better, as November will also see the band’s back catalogue reissued in time for their induction into the ARIA hall of fame.

    “I am excited to announce two ‘Encore’ performances on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House,” announced Nick Seymour, bassist and founding member of the group. “The shows will mark the 20th anniversary of our break-up concert. ‘Proper order!’

    “So please join us for a f*ck off sing song, an off-piste jam session, a toast to absent friends and NO RAIN.”

    The band’s back catalogue reissues will come packed with various unreleased material including rareties and demos, all set to be released on November 4th on just about every format you can think of, including 180-gram vinyl, just in time for the shows.

    In an interesting pairing, Kirin J. Callinan will be playing support for both nights, Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26, with tickets on sale 10am Monday September 26.


    The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows

    The summer festival season is almost upon us, Falls Festival is just around the corner, and Falls brass are still celebrating their Lorne and Byron Bay events selling out in record time.

    With the Marion Bay and Fremantle festivals not far behind, there’s no better time than right now to drop some big-name sideshows on us and that’s exactly what they’ve gone ahead and done.

    Organisers have gone and unveiled a whole string of sideshows from some of Falls’s biggest draws, including The Avalanches, Grouplove, Jamie T, and AlunaGeorge, with more incoming.

    Check below for the full list of currently announced Falls Festival 2016 sideshows and make sure you keep checking back for more updates as they come.

    The Avalanches

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
    w/Grandmaster Flash

    Thursday, 5th January 2016
    Enmore Theatre, Sydney
    w/Grandmaster Flash

    Saturday, 7th January 2016
    Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide


    Friday, 6th January 2016
    The Corner, Melbourne


    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    Enmore Theatre, Sydney

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

    Jamie T

    Wednesday, 4th January 2016
    Enmore Theatre, Sydney

    Thursday, 5th January 2016
    Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

    Modern Baseball

    Wednesday, 4th January 2016
    Metro Theatre, Sydney (Lic/AA)

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    170 Russell, Melbourne


    Wednesday, 4th January 2016
    Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Howler, Melbourne

    Catfish & The Bottlemen

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    170 Russell, Melbourne

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Metro Theatre, Sydney

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    Metro Theatre, Sydney (AA)

    Thursday, 5th January 2016
    170 Russell, Melbourne

    RY X

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Newtown Social Club, Sydney

    Saturday, 7th January 2016
    Northcote Social Club, Melbourne


    Culture Guide September 19 – 25: Queer Screen Film Festival, MCA Social and Art Party "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.
    Brought to you by the City Of Sydney.


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    Independent Artist Of The Week: The Pretty Littles "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


    Cheeky Melbourne-based indie garage band The Pretty Littles create wistful, slow-burning, lo fi tunes to sing along with your mates to. With two albums already under their belt, the band have been releasing music since 2011. The Pretty Little’s third album Soft Rock For The Anxious came out on September 2, showcasing the latest Littles single ‘Sleeping In Water’

    No stranger to political controversy, in June the band called out television personality Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman for their gendered remarks on sports journalist Caroline Wilson, with ‘Sam’s Mob‘. A song about disappointment with the status quo, it highlights the comments that were “innately violent and a gross insight into the redneck majority of Australia”.

    The Pretty Littles kick off their Soft Rock For The Anxious album tour on October 22. Check out ‘Sleeping In Water’ below:

    WHO: The Pretty Littles
    WHAT: Soft Rock For The Anxious Album Tour
    WHERE: Wollongong, Manly, Sydney
    WHEN: 3-5th November
    HOW MUCH: $12 more info here

    Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!


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    Sunday, 18 September


    Homeground – Celebrating First Nations at the Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    For thousands of years, the land that Sydney Opera House is built on was a gathering place for the Gadigal and Eora people who danced and sang here. This October, Homeground celebrates the very best First Nations artists with free music, dance, food, workshops and markets over two big days.


    During October 8th and 9th, artists from the very heart of Australia as well as from all around the world show their different contributions to this extraordinary event. Featured musicians include East Journey, the winners of the 2015 NT Song of the Year (Rock category), Dubmarine, the 15-year-old Mi-Kaisha Masella of Aboriginal and Tongan heritage, who already wowed audiences on The Voice Kids, and many more. Click HERE to find out more about the event’s music.

    In terms of dance, the program offers a variety of interesting groups and single dancers, including Amrita Hepi and the Aboriginal Dancing groups Naisda and Naygayiw Gigi. Click HERE to see all performers.


    But the best is yet to come: Dance Rites, the Sydney Opera House’s groundbreaking Indigenous dance competition, returns this year with even more communities across Australia preparing to compete on Sunday 9 October from 5 to 7 pm. A highlight of the Homeground program, Dance Rites aims to safeguard and revitalise vanishing cultural practices – language, dance, skin markings and instruments – to ensure they are shared from one generation to the next. In 2015, the standard of performance was incredibly high – convince yourself:

    Moreover, Homeground offers free weaving and dancing workshops: A great option for both children and adults to connect to the country and its original inhabitants themselves.  No bookings required, just show up! The Homeground Arts Market and a food menu created specifically for Homeground by Clayton Donovan, Australia’s most acclaimed and only hatted Indigenous chef, complete the event.

    What: Homeground festival

    When: Saturday, 8 October and Sunday, 9 October

    Where: Sydney Opera House

    To register for free tours and Collisions and for more information, visit the website.

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    Rainbow Chan - Seaside "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    An intimate performance by Sydney artist Rainbow Chan. Filmed by Rose Chan. Help send her to Iceland by voting for her here: Free downloads here:

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    Monday, 12 September


    Film Buff's Forecast 10 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Brian McFarlane has been to see RIcky Gervais' new David Brent mockumentary 'Life On The Road' and the Terrence Davies film 'Sunset Song'.  He also recommended the film 'Indignation' based on the novel by Philip Roth. 

    Cerise Howard, Artistic Director of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, dropped by to talk about the event which opens this Thursday, 15 September at ACMI.  Cerise mentioned a few of the films screening as part of the festival including opening night film The Noonday WitchWho Wants To Kill Jessie, which screens on Saturday 17 September at and Cutting It Shortwhich is on Sunday 18 September at 5.15pm.  Also part of the festival is an exhibition ofvintage Czechoslovak film posters.

    Reviewer Eloise Ross talked about the Australian film Girl Asleep which is currently getting a lot of press around town.  Girl Asleep is now screening.

    Cinemaniac Dean Brandum came in to talk about Cinemaniacs upcoming screening partnership with the National Screen & Sound Archive and the Astor Cinema which will feature the double bill of Fortress and Road Games.  The special event is on 16 September at 8pm at The Astor. 

    We finishd up with Stefan Popescu, director of the Sydney Underground Film Festival.  SUFF is in its 10th year and runs from 15 - 18 September at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, Sydney.

     Film Buff's Forecast is presented by Paul Harris. 

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    Saturday, 10 September


    Meet the artists – DieselN’Dub "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Recently we sent Chelsea D from The New Thing (Monday 9am) on a round the world trip to get to know some of our upcoming Global Rhythms artists. No other acts possesses such a kaleidoscope of colour and sound as the innovative and outspoken DieselN’Dub!

    Hi Declan! How would you describe your life since starting Dieseln’Dub?

    Dieseln’Dub has exceeded all my expectations. It has reached far and wide and I am proud to say gets spins on rural radio stations that reach communities throughout outback Australia. It has us representing at some of Australia’s premier festivals and taken us to some remote regions of Australia.

    You started this project over a year ago, can you tell us a bit about how you went about selecting the fantastic guest musicians to work with you on this project?

    I have worked with almost everyone on the album in some musical project and know most of the musicians like family I guess. Frank Yamma and Radical Son which I am huge fans of were the only 2 I had never met or worked with. To picture hearing these iconic tunes sung by the likes of Katie Noonan, Emma Donovan, Pat Powell and the list goes on…is a dream come true.

    Can you tell us a bit about the work you have been doing with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation since you began the project?

    It is all about raising awareness for issues such as these. I believe in this foundation and we have brought their awareness into our project and highlight the importance of language, literacy and the importance of reading and the preservation of language in communities.

    What have been some of the highlights of Dieseln’Dub since you began?

    Premiering at the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival was a huge honour and highlight to be performing alongside the likes of The Alabama Shakes, The Wailers and Jimmy Cliff to name a few.


    Is there a chance of more music from Dieseln’Dub in the future?

    At this stage I am working on some of my own tunes and in production for a new record. Future Dieseln’Dub records are on the cards though.

    Can you reveal if any of your Dieseln’Dub collaborators will appear at Global Rhythms?

    This festival we will have a cast of many…. Tony Hughes (King Tide), Patou Powell (Melbourne Ska Orchestra), Gambirra and Radical Son to name a few. Its going to be fantastic.

    Finally, what can the lucky people who are attending Global Rhythms expect from your performance?

    We have taken good care in selecting some iconic songs of Midnight Oil and converted them into Reggae/Dub versions where we will deliver them in a tough Roots Reggae band of some of Sydney’s finest musicians helmed by our Sound engineer Drew Bissett to bring sonic mayhem in a Dub style…Sound Good? (You bet! That’s why you’re playing brother – Ed)

    Be sure to catc...

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    Friday, 09 September


    Gregory Porter in Conversation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Coming up on the 27 September, Gregory Porter will be live In Conversation with journalist Paris Pompor in a FREE, highly anticipated event. He will be talking on a wide variety of topics; from music: the art of songwriting and his creative inspirations, to growing up in Bakersfield with seven siblings and a mother who instilled in him strong ideas of social justice.


    A Blue Note recording artist and Grammy-winning singer, Porter combines the gentlest of spirits with one of the most majestically powerful voices in contemporary jazz and soul. Whether it’s his moving, breakthrough Motor City protest single ‘1960 What?’ his collaborations with British electronic producers Disclosure or his new #1 jazz album ‘Take Me To The Alley‘, he continues to win over audiences while swinging effortlessly between hand-clapping gospel and seriously good jazz bop.

    Following his standout set at Glastonbury Festival earlier his year, Porter announced dates for an “intimate” Australian tour for his new, internationally celebrated album which were quickly sold out. However, he will be returning again soon for the Byron Bay Bluesfest in April 2017.

    During the live conversation, you can also ask Gregory Porter your own question by RSVPing to be in the audience by using the link below, and clicking on the ‘REGISTER‘ button.

    Gregory Porter In Conversation is co-presented by Universal Music Australia, Eastside Radio, BluesFest, APRA AMCOS and Groovescooter for the 2016 Sydney Fringe Festival.


    Who: Gregory Porter

    What: Live – In Conversation

    When: Thursday, 29 September, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Where: Play Bar Sydney – 72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

    For more information and to Register CLICK HERE

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    Kate Ceberano & Paul Grabowsky – Love Songs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


    Join one of Australia’s most cherished and acclaimed performers Kate Ceberano and close musical partner Paul Grabowsky for an unforgettable evening of love songs.

    In this perfect pairing of Ceberano’s versatile voice and Grabowsky’s masterful piano playing, the duo performs faithful reinterpretations of some of the great love songs of the past 50 years.

    From tales of love, to longing and heartbreak, the songs in the repertoire have been handpicked by both artists for their ability to connect on a deep emotional level and for the influence the songs have had on each of their lives.

    Kate Ceberano has to be one of Australia’s best with an award winning career spanning 24 albums and a term as previous Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. With a wise, wonderful and whimsical approach to music making, Grabowsky’s contribution to Australian music is vast and deep. Her silky smooth vocals and charming personality make audiences feel warm, happy and as if she is talking directly to them. Cabaret is a conversation and Cebrano always manages to make it appear unscripted and genuine.

    Paul Grabowsky is also a national treasure with his extensive and valuable contribution to the Australian jazz industry. The pair have worked together previously and the respect and appreciation for each other was clearly visible in their interactions.

    Be swept up by an evening of music and song spanning the emotions of love itself!


    Who: Kate Ceberano and  Paul Grabowsky

    What: Love Songs Collaboration Concert

    When: Saturday 22nd October, 8:00 pm

    Where: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000

    For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.

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    Tuesday, 06 September


    Michelle Cahill’s Letter to Pessoa "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

    Michelle Cahill, Letter to Pessoa and other short fictions (Giramondo Press 2016)

    lp.jpgAdded later: If you generally make a rule to avoid comments sections, I recommend that you make an exception for this post.Please read the first half dozen comments,possibly before reading the post itself.

    There’s a device that writers known for their children’s books sometimes use when they write for adults. They put some serious swearing or almost-explicit sex on the very first page as a coded warning: ‘This is not suitable as a gift for little children.’ Have a look at the first page of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods or Margo Flanagan’s Tender Morsels.

    Letter to Pessoa has a similar device, right there in the title: If you have to ask who Pessoa is, it warns subliminally, this book may not be for you. It’s no idle warning: of the 24 short prose pieces in this book, about half are framed as letters to other writers or otherwise assume that certain writers are part of the reader’s mental landscape (either that, or the the reader is happy to do some research): [Fernando] Pessoa, [Jacques] Derrida, Jean Genet, Tadeusz Rózewicz, Virginia Woolf, [Vladimir] Nabokov – I could go on. For the uninitiated, the reading experience is a lot like listening in on one side of a phone conversation as Michelle Cahill and her narrators engage – playfully, critically or earnestly – with those writers and their creations.

    Such intertextuality not only limits a book’s potential audience. It runs other risks as well. When I read ‘Aubade for Larkin’, for example, I looked up Philip Larkin’s poem ‘Aubade’, and was bowled over by it. In ‘Borges and I’ and ‘Letter to John Coetzee’ I found it hard to focus, because my mind kept drifting off to the remembered pleasures of Borges’ stories and the challenges of Coetzee’s novel Disgrace. I was grateful to Michelle Cahill for sending me (back) to those other works, but found it hard to pull my mind back to the writing in my hands.

    The less intertextual stories are much stronger. They feature a huge range of narrators and central characters – from a cat (in ‘Biscuit’) to an Argentinian poet with AIDS (in ‘Duende’). Those in the best stories, including the cat, are travellers or members of diasporas (or both), mainly sharing the author’s South Asian and African heritage. These stories involve rich  cross-cultural encounters.

    ‘The Sadhu’ captures brilliantly a complex interplay of spiritual power and seedy sexuality, exoticism and nostalgia, naiveté and wariness, as a young woman from Dee Why meets the holy man of the title in Nepal. In ‘Fever’, a young woman of ‘part-Nepalese, part-Australian background’ visits an older Nepalese man, her uncle, a Cambridge scholar who now trains rebels in arms and explosives, and the story refuses to give us relief from her discomfort as she feels the gap between her world and his. The protagonist of ‘A Wall of Water’ recalls moments from her childhood in northern India, but the present tense of the story is in jacaranda season in Sydney 2010, and the Christmas Island boat disaster is on the television. Again, the discomfort:

    Cocooned in the safety of her peaceful apartment Sarita is numb with grief for those drowned and those who survived: Iranians, Iraqis and Kurds. She knows what happens to missing people, how they become little more than a monthly statistic, how the past is a territo...

    Friday, 02 September


    Lee Whitmore’s Ada Louise "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Lee Whitmore, Ada Louise: A life imagined (Susan Lane Studio 2016)


    The host of a Radio National books program regularly disparages family histories. ‘We’re just not interested,’ he says. But he’s wrong. Not because all or even most family histories are gems, but because Sturgeon’s revelation –’Ninety percent of everything is crap’ – is as valid here as it is for comics or science fiction. It’s just wrong to disparage a whole genre on the basis of even a large number of poor examples.

    Ada Louise isn’t just a family history, it’s also a comic, so it also belongs to a medium often targeted by literary snobbishness. Come to think of it, it’s in a third outsider category as well: it’s self-published. At least, I can’t find any reference to Susan Lane Studio on the internet. The copy I read belongs to a friend, and is number 65 of a limited edition of 100 copies.

    The good news is that Ada Louise is definitely in the non-crap ten percent of all three categories.

    When Lee Whitmore was about eight years old her maternal grandmother came to live with her family. The grandmother – Ada Louise – was very old and frail and not at all interested in the children. ‘Very occasionally there was a glint of amusement in her eyes,’ an introduction tells us, ‘but mostly she just looked wistful, even sad.’ In what Whitmore’s website describes as a ‘loose series of episodic moments strung together on a time line’ the book sets out to answer the questions that puzzled the young girl: ‘What was it that had made my grandmother this way? What had happened in her life?’

    We first see Ada Louise as a tiny figure in a two-page drawing of ‘British settlement Invercargill’, New Zealand in 1885. A speech bubble in the bottom right corner of the townscape reads, ‘Hurry home, Ada,’ and on the next spread the fourteen year old Ada runs with her violin case through a windy yard towards her front door. In the following pages she is absorbed into the cheerful chaos of her many-sistered life, and in the course of the book’s nearly 600 page s her story emerges in a discontinuous way that creates a sense that these are family stories, legends almost, rendered into a coherent whole.

    We follow Ada’s fortunes and those of her sisters as they mature, marry, become variously rich and poor and have children of their own. These affectionately realised characters deal with scandal, frustrated ambition, betrayal, heartbreak and almost Shakespearean restoration. There’s also some Micawberish comedy.

    The book’s seven chapters follow Ada and her family from New Zealand to Melbourne (when she is 30, in 1901), to Sydney six years later. The cities and suburbs of the action are lovingly created: a church in Darlinghurst, a Prahran mansion, inner-city Sydney streetscapes, Flinders Street Station,Waverley Cemetery; trams, trains, early cars, and the ocean in its many moods.There are cucumber sandwiches, family singsongs around the piano

    The comics medium is beautifully suited to this project. From...

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